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Norm Macdonald vs OJ Simpson

Norm Macdonald was reportedly let go as the anchor for SNL’s Weekend Update because he was too harsh, too sarcastic for the network. A perfect example of that would be his almost weekly barbs aimed at OJ Simpson both before and after the football superstar was found not guilty of double homicide.

Macdonald was a cast member for five seasons on Saturday Night Live, three of those years anchoring Weekend Update. It was these very OJ segments in 1997 that angered Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC's West Coast division, who was good friends with Simpson and publicly supportive of OJ during the trail. Many, including Macdonald, believed this was the true reason for the comic’s ouster, not the official network declaration that the decision was based solely on lower ratings and research indicating audience members were turned off by Macdonald’s style.

 

Colin Quinn replaced Macdonald behind the Weekend Update desk in January of 1998.

 

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